Monday, October 24, 2005

A walk in the park

Got a few moments today to take a walk around Central Park in Ashland which is across the street from my office building, and snapped these shots of the fall scenery. It had just rained, so all the dampness really made the colors vivid. The very last shot in the group is a photo of my office building.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Not so itsy bitsy spider

Found this guy crawling on the outside of my house the other day. I'm not sure what it is about our house and garage, but it seems to be a haven for spiders. Of course, they look much bigger when the camera is practically touching them.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Full moon at dusk

Here's a photo I took earlier this evening that actually combines two different shots into one, and is a good example of how the camera sees things differently than the human eye. The moon is tricky to shoot, because although it doesn't cast lots of light, it's really just reflected sunlight, so to get the detail from the craters, you need a pretty fast shutter speed. However, the evening sky isn't nearly as bright, so if you shoot a high shutter speed, the sky simply turns dark. I took the same photo twice, exposing once for the sky colors and a second with a faster shutter speed to get the moon detail, then used Photoshop to paste the "good" moon into the photo with the "good" sky. The end result is how the eye perceived the moon shining brightly during the sunset.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Another from today

Today was one of those days where it was cloudy and misty all day, which kept lots of moisture and rain drops on the plants in my yards. Here's a close-up shot of beads of water on some rosebuds.

Signs of Fall

Some of the trees in Northeast Kentucky are already starting to change. Fall has to be a favorite time of year for most photographers. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to get out and get some better photos this year.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Morning Perch

Every morning on my way to work I see these birds perched on the cross atop the steeple of Wilson Creek Baptist Church just outside of Grayson. I always tell myself I should stop and try to get a photo of them, but I'm usually already running late. This morning, I was a little early, so I thought I'd give it a shot. The sunrise wasn't as colorful as other mornings, but it still didn't turn out half bad.

Sunday, October 02, 2005


A praying mantis that was sitting in my driveway Sunday afternoon. Up close, it has a sort of scary, alien look to it, don't you think.